Archers book Final 4 berth; Amid calls for coach’s head, UST drops 11th straight game

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Adamson U dealt UST an 11th straight loss, 75-70, later in the day, pumping the volume up on calls from students and alumni for the resignation of head coach Boy Sablan.The Falcons tightened their grip on the third seed with their seventh win in 11 matches while the Tigers somehow continue justifying an angry mob’s call for a coaching change.La Salle has little to worry about any coaching change—at least for now—especially after mounting a 22-6 run that gave the Green Archers a 40-24 lead in the first half.The lead then ballooned to 27 points with 2:25 left in the third on a Justine Baltazar triple that put La Salle up, 74-47.And with the Archers’ remaining games looking more like mere formalities, Ricci Rivero said they should remain focused on the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “We shouldn’t think ahead, and we should focus on just one game at a time,” said Rivero in Filipino after filling in for coach Aldin Ayo in the postgame press conference.Ayo, who this season has dealt with rumors about his shaky hold of his post at La Salle, snubbed the media for the sixth time.“Actually our team is a strong unit as long as we follow our system, and we should move as one,” added Rivero.Reigning MVP Ben Mbala led all scorers with 25 points to go along 14 rebounds to lead La Salle while SantiSantillan added 14 point and 11 rebounds.Alvin Pasaol, who put up a career-high 49 points in the first round against La Salle, managed 23 points and nine boards this time to lead UE.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny UE’s Alvin Pasaol (right) didn’t have the same explosion he had against La Salle the first time both schools played.—AUGUST DELA CRUZIn some corner of the UAAP, a storied school is dealing with all the noise from disgruntled students and alumni calling for the resignation of a head coach.Far from all that controversy, La Salle made its presence felt in a more positive way.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The defending champion Archers formalized their entry to the Final Four after brushing off University of the East, 99-78, in Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.La Salle streaked to its fourth straight win to improve to 9-2 while the Red Warriors slipped to 3-8—still mathematically in contention for a semifinals spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUniversity of Santo Tomas was never in the hunt for a Final Four spot at any point in the tournament—even preseason polls had the Tigers finishing last.But the school that has long been a league heavyweight—the Tigers have collected 18 UAAP crowns, including a rare “four-peat”—seems dead set on getting there drenched in historic ignominy. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Taguinod, 11, captures 3 gold medals in swimminglast_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: Undefeated Arellano far from perfect, says coach

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University may be undefeated so far in NCAA Season 93 but the Lady Chiefs’ impressive start won’t hide the fact that they still have some pressing matters to address.One major concern is their tendency to be complacent which was evident against Jose Rizal University on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano looked invincible after dumping JRU, 25-11, in the opening set but the next set saw a different Lady Chiefs, a team that was lethargic and sloppy.READ: NCAA volleyball: Lady Chiefs drop a set, but improve to 4-0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Bombers, an emerging contender, took advantage and dealt the Lady Chiefs their first set loss of the season.“We were again back to our old habit. We dominated the first set but only to relax in the next. We have that tendency to just let our guard down,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier in Filipino. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals NCAA football: St. Benilde forces decider for title OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments “It’s the mental part of the game where we need to improve on. The players tend to lose their focus after winning and that’s really our No. 1 problem.”Fortunately for Javier, his Lady Chiefs regained their form en route to a four-set victory.Javier said dropping the second set was also a valuable lesson for his team with still five games left in the elimination round.“It was good what JRU did to us. It reminded us that we can’t be complacent.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Bellator begins yearlong heavyweight tournament at Forum

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I don’t totally know what I’m getting into, in fairness,” Sonnen said. “I’ve had workout partners that were heavyweights, but I don’t know what that power will feel like. I imagine I’ll move out of the way.”Sonnen just couldn’t resist the chance to chase the Bellator title belt in an eight-man tournament starting Saturday night at the Forum. The Heavyweight World Grand Prix will be the center of Bellator’s promotional efforts in 2018, showcasing a host of well-known MMA stars including Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBellator was founded a decade ago around the tournament concept, but strayed away from it in recent years to maximize its ability to stage big fights.The promotion’s return to something resembling its roots begins in Inglewood with the 40-year-old Sonnen against the 39-year-old Jackson, who tipped the scales at 253 pounds. To Sonnen, the excitement of the undertaking outweighed the obvious drawbacks in competition. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Chael Sonnen. APLOS ANGELES — Chael Sonnen has never fought as a heavyweight at any point in his long careers in wrestling and mixed martial arts. He’ll make his debut in the marquee weight class this weekend at Bellator 192 against Rampage Jackson, who outweighed Sonnen by a whopping 31 pounds on the scales Friday.Sounds crazy, right? Even Sonnen knows it.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lopez, Markkanen power Bulls to easy win over Hawks Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READcenter_img “It’s the only fair way to do things,” Sonnen said of the tournament format. “It’s just that in combat, we don’t have to do things fair. We can do things that are good for entertainment and good for business. In this case, (Bellator President) Scott Coker is risking everything. He doesn’t know what the biggest fights are going to be. He doesn’t know how it’s going to play out, but he said, ‘I’ll do it fair for a change.’ And here we are.”While the UFC waits for new stars to emerge — or for its biggest existing star to get tired of spending his boxing money in Ireland — Bellator is building its year around the tournament designed to crown its first heavyweight champion since 2016.The promotion is doing it with its usual mix of sports and spectacle, pitting veteran heavyweights against smaller, bulked-up stars closer to their prime, including Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.It could be fascinating competition, or it could produce physical mismatches and lopsided decisions. Either way, Coker expects it to be compelling.“It just snowballed into something we needed to do,” Coker said. “We already had good heavyweights, and pretty soon we had eight marquee names. This was the thing that made the most sense, and it’s going to be an all-yearlong story line.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jackson is no stranger to weight-cutting struggles — he only recently realized ketchup has sugar in it, he said — but the veteran fighter has no such worries now. He hadn’t even weighed himself in two weeks before his bout, and he munched on chicken skewers before his fight-week news conference.Jackson and Sonnen get along well, but Sonnen still managed to get in an early jab at his thicker opponent: “I agreed to fight at heavyweight, not superheavyweight!”For Coker, there were actual hurt feelings to smooth as well.Sonnen and Jackson are being showcased in the main event after former UFC star Rory MacDonald takes on welterweight champion Douglas Lima for the title. MacDonald had thought he was in the main event until last week.“I was disappointed when I heard about it,” MacDonald said. “I was bummed out. I was a little bit hurt. It didn’t affect my sponsorships, but I felt upset. I just put it out of my mind. These are the moves they have to make. I have a job to do, and their job is to make their business successful.”Bellator 192 is the first event since promotion owner Viacom officially rebranded the Spike network as the Paramount Network on Thursday. While MacDonald and Lima are among the world’s best handful of fighters at 170 pounds, Jackson and Sonnen are stars with far more name recognition, and executives from Viacom understand what draws viewers to this promotion.When asked if he was concerned about the rest of his roster’s reaction to Bellator’s decision to showcase heavyweights in all of their tournament bouts, Coker laughed.“I don’t think they’ll have any problem cashing those checks on Monday,” he said. 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Benilde wins Filoil opener, Mapua wins back-to-back

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Yankie Haruna had 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals while James Pasturan and Edward Docon had 13 points apiece.The Blazers immediately went straight to work and ran through the Heavy Bombers with a 32-13 first quarter that eventually became the foundation for their victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the second game, Mapua held on against Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-74, for its second straight winThe Cardinals have a 2-0 record to tie De La Salle in the second spot of Group A while the Generals are at 0-1. Mapua held a 62-51 lead after the third quarter but relinquished much of that to the Generals who outscored the Cardinals 23-15 in the fourth.Christian Bunag had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals while Lawrence Vcitoria put up 14 points, four rebounds, and six assists.John Paul Maguliano had a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double for the Generals.ADVERTISEMENT Abueva stars despite offensive woes in Aces win Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. College of St. Benilde scored a massive win in its opening game after ripping Jose Rizal, 104-83, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blazers also prevented the Heavy Bombers from tallying their first win in the summer league and dropped to 0-2 in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Alab shoots for clincher

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Read Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Brownlee had 27 points, including 17 in the second half, while Balkman finished with 24 points.But the biggest difference turned out to be rebounding, which saw Alab take a huge advantage, 58-42.“I’m lucky to have two imports who are winners in Balk (Balkman) and Justin (Brownlee),” said Alapag.Mono coach Douglas Marty expects a strong response from his squad with their season on the line.“They’re such an excellent team,” said Marty. “We have to prove that our defensive scheme is effective. I believe in our team, we’ve been resilient all season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Neil’s Cardiff club nears EPL promotion Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ But finishing the job won’t be easy against a Mono squad that plays with fluidity on offense, thanks to Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman.The winner-take-all Game 5, if necessary, will be played at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna on Wednesday.“That is a very, very good team on the other side, very, very well-coached, and we’re going into a hostile environment,” said Alalag.“We have to make sure we stick to the game plan and recover especially because it’s a quick turnaround. We have just 36 hours before Game 4 from Game 3.”Parks did most of the damage in Game 3, knocking down big shots in the last three minutes on his way to a team-high 30 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BANGKOK—As a player, Jimmy Alapag became an international legend by making big shots at the crunch for Gilas Pilipinas.Now coaching San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, the pint-sized gunslinger can gift the Philippines with an international crown.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Two imports who have endeared themselves to a country that embraces the sport like religion and a young star with plenty to prove will help Alapag achieve his goal.Alapag knows his players have their work cut out for them when they shoot for the ABL crown against Mono Vampire on Monday at Stadium 29 in the Thai capital of Bangkok.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’ll put our heart and our soul in Game 4,” said Alapag after Alab, led by imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman and local Most Valuable Player Ray Parks, hacked out a 99-93 win over the Thai club last Sunday.Alab can become the third Filipino team to win the title after the Philippine Patriots and the San Miguel Beermen in the 3:30 p.m. contest (4:30 p.m. in Manila). Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Ravena leads POC anti-doping seminar

first_img“We are happy that Kiefer has reached out and is more than willing to take part of this campaign,” Caballero said.The former Blue Eagle was found positive of Dimethylbutylamine, Methylhexaneamine, and Higenamine, substances included in the WADA ban list.READ: Remorseful Kiefer out of PBA for 18 months The 24-year-old was slapped with an 18-month suspension from FIBA that would last from February 25, 2018 to August 24, 2019. He was also banned from suiting up for the NLEX Road Warriors during the said period.The seminar will take place on the Philippine Sports Commission audio-visual room at Philsports Arena in Pasig City at 8 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Pacquiao ‘85% ready’ says trainer as Matthysse fight draws near Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiefer Ravena reduced to being a spectator in the PBA. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn light of the suspension of PBA star Kiefer Ravena over banned substances, the Athletes’ Commission of the Philippine Olympic Committee will be hosting its first anti-doping seminar on July 6.POC deputy secretary-general Karen Caballero said in the Philippine Sportwriters’ Association forum at Tapa King in Cubao on Tuesday that the seminar’s goal is to raise awareness on anti-doping measures to the athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Those who will compete at the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia are expected to participate in the seminar.READ: Fellow athletes, coaches rally behind embattled RavenaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Every year, the list of banned substances given by the World Anti-Doping Agency changes. While the coaches and the officials are the first line of defense, it is still the athletes who intake supplements in their bodies,” Caballero said in Filipino.Caballero added she expects Ravena to grace the event to encourage his fellow athletes to be open about the subject. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dr. Jose Raul Canlas of St. Luke’s Medical Center’s orthopedic department and WADA’s anti-doping unit head Dr. Alex Pineda will be the resource speakers of the event. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

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Super Bowl champ to play sax with Philadelphia Orchestra

first_imgSBP banking on Clarkson’s Filipino roots in bid to secure Asiad eligibility Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Image: Facebook/@KasonKelce62PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra has acquired a Super Bowl champion.Eagles center Jason Kelce will play baritone saxophone with the orchestra Tuesday to benefit the team’s autism challenge. The music will accompany the team’s highlights from NFL Films.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In the offseason, Kelce played with the Avalon String Band during a Mummers parade to celebrate Mardi Gras. Mummers are costumed bands most known for their lavish New Year’s Day performances in Philadelphia.The group provided Kelce with the Mummers outfit he wore in the championship parade honoring the Eagles for their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Kelce has played sax since high school. ABRELATED STORIES: NFL Cowboys stay atop Forbes list of world’s richest sport teamsPhilly celebrates 1st Super Bowl title with paradeEagles get hero’s welcome after winning 1st Super Bowl titleADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Fernandes next? Belingon hopes to unify bantamweight belts this year

first_imgPVL: FEU takes no. 1 after quick win over San Sebastian Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments “Right now, the fight against Bibiano is imminent and I’m just waiting for ONE to tell me when it is so I can prepare properly,” said Belingon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “To my friend Bibiano, I respect him as a champion and we’re in the same weight class,” said Belingon. “I’m a top contender, there’s no escape my friend. I hope you recover fast so we can fight this year.”READ: GALLERY: ONE Championship: Reign of KingsBelingon (19-5) said he still has a lot of tricks left in his bag and the performance he showed against Nguyen (11-3), who is still the featherweight and lightweight champion, and he’ll happily show it all when he eventually fights Fernandes.“There will be surprises so you guys should look forward for it when I face Bibi,” said Belingon, who is on a six-fight winning streak, in Filipino.Belingon’s last loss was more than two years ago and it was against Fernandes.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon finally got his own title belt in ONE Championship after he beat Martin Nguyen to become the interim bantamweight champion.Team Lakay’s “Silencer,” however, knows there’s still a person standing in his way to becoming the true king of the bantamweight division and that is undisputed champion Bibiano Fernandes.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belingon, however, didn’t need to wait long to challenge Fernades for a unification bout as the two shared the cage at the end of the ONE: Reign of Kings card at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Belingon dominates Nguyen for ONE interim bantamweight belt FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Decked out in a sharp dark blue suit, Fernandes, belt in tow, congratulated Belingon.“He did a good job today, but I’m still the champion,” said Fernandes who is nursing an injury.last_img read more

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Nishikori feeling ‘tough’ after overcoming wrist injury

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “After coming back from injury, I’m enjoying the challenge this year,” Nishikori said Monday. “I feel like I’m going to be tough again. My wrist is OK now. I’m going to try and get into the top 10 again. That’s my goal and motivation.”Nishikori, the 2015 champion on the Washington hardcourts, has not won a title since taking the 11th of his career at Memphis in 2016. He has lost his past seven ATP finals, the most recent in May to Rafael Nadal on Monte Carlo clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Nishikori reached a career-best fourth in the rankings in 2015, but has tumbled after his six-month ATP wrist injury layoff since Canada last year. But this year he has begun to rebuild his ranking.“Feeling great again. Had a couple days off after Wimbledon and started working again,” Nishikori said. “I’m trying to keep my intensity up. I got a little confidence going to the final at Monte Carlo. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors star Curry to play pro golf event again “Still I feel it sometimes, but most of the time I’m feeling great. Now I’m enjoying playing tennis again.”Nishikori’s best results in 32 Grand Slam appearances have come at the US Open, a runner-up showing behind Marin Cilic in 2014 and a 2016 semi-final loss to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.He also has reached three Australian Open quarter-finals and two French Open quarter-finals.Nishikori received a first-round bye and will face either US qualifier Donald Young or Swiss wild card and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in his opener.“Both players are tough,” Nishikori said. “I’m going to have to play focused from the first match.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Japan’s Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Russia’s Karen Khachanov during their match at the ATP Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, on June 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Friso Gentsch / Germany OUTJapan’s Kei Nishikori, back on form after a torn right wrist tendon, returns to the scene of his most recent outdoor title hoping to launch another strong US Open run.The 28-year-old seventh seed enters the 50th Washington Open with confidence after his first Wimbledon quarter-final appearance, where he lost to eventual winner Novak Djokovic.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Asian number one practised Monday with his top rival for the spot, 23rd-ranked Chung Hyeon of South Korea. “I’m very honored to be the number one Asian and Japan player,” Nishikori said. “I don’t feel any pressure from being number one in Asia. My goal is to be number one in the world.”Nishikori praised 287th-ranked countryman Yosuke Watanuke, a 20-year-old who battled through qualifying to reach his first ATP main draw.“He has a great forehand, maybe better than me,” Nishikori said. “I hope he does well. He’s playing great enough to be top 100. Hopefully he does a big jump this summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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‘Tougher’ Asian Games ahead for PH with China, Kazakhstan likely 1st round foes

first_imgThe Philippines could be headed for an early showdown with powerhouse China in the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National team head coach Yeng Guiao on Monday night bared a sudden shakeup in the groupings that put the Philippines in the same group as China and Kazakhstan.The Philippines was initially drawn in a different group along with Iran, Syria and UAE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Maybe a little bit of bad news. There’s been changes in the groupings,” Guiao told reporters before national team practice at Meralco gym.“I was just told a while ago we were originally grouped with Syria, UAE and Iran. With that group, we would’ve had a good chance against Syria at UAE but now, we’re grouped with China at Kazakhstan.” LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Rivero goes straight to nat’l team practice after long flight Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Guiao said he’s still “not 100 percent sure” if the change in group is final, but if that’s the case, he admitted that it won’t be an easy task for the Philippine team to advance past the preliminary round.“If this happens, it would be a much tougher fight for us,” Guiao said.“So we have to beat at least one of them in order to get into the next round. That’s our objective now: How do you beat China and how do you beat Kazakhstan? Only two will get to the next round.”Guiao believes the Philippines’ best shot at moving on is against Kazakhstan Though, the Kazakhs, who finished fourth in the previous edition of the quadrennial meet, offer a stiff challenge as well.“Of course, our chances will be best with Kazakhstan, but Kazakhstan is a strong, tall team. They’re athletic. They’re like the Australians. They’re big, they’re quick, they’re shooters,” he said. “China, we all know how strong China is so we have our work cut out for us.”ADVERTISEMENT “One thing we can be sure of is these guys are going to play their best and give everything to make the Filipino basketball fans happy.”In 2014, the Philippines barely got by Kazakhstan, 67-65, in the second round of the tournament. The Filipinos, however, failed to make the semifinals and were beaten by the Chinese, 78-71, in the classification round to finish in seventh place.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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